Largemouth Bass Facts
Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing can be extremely rewarding. Whether you are just getting into fly fishing or if you are already a seasoned trout or other species fly fisherman you will definitely enjoy yourself fishing for this hard fighting species. Below are some Largemouth bass fishing facts.
Largemouth Bass Fact 1: use flies
One of the best ways to catch Largemouth is with flies. In both lakes and ponds the Largemouth feed on a variety of invertebrates as well as minnows, crayfish, and frogs. In many situations, especially when Largemouth are finicky eaters there is no better way to fish for them than with flies. In many parts of North America Largemouth bass are extremely abundant and can provide hours of fishing enjoyment with both top water and sub surface flies. Every fly included in our selection is guaranteed to be an effective Largemouth Bass taker.
Largemouth Bass Fact 2: use floating and sinking tip lines
At all times, especially when fishing deeper water such as lakes you should try to carry both a floating and sinking tip line with you. Although a little more expensive than the typical fly rod outfit the Z-Axis rods have a great feel and can easily power larger flies through high wind conditions. Since Largemouth are strong fighters you should typically try to stick with a high quality and comfortable reel that has a good drag and comfortable handles. Large Arbor and Mid Arbor reels will also allow you to pick up slack much more quickly. A good choice for a mid-priced reel is the Orvis Batenkill-disc reel size III or the larger Batenkill Reel Size IV. Both of these items are available from a variety of sources. If you want to save some money its often possible to buy a high quality used rod on places like eBay and Craigslist.
Sage also has a fly rod designed specifically for Largemouth bass fishing. The only reason we do not personally recommend the rod is because they are only 7′ 11″ long. We normally prefer a 9′ rod especially when fishing in float tubes or pontoon style portable boats. The extra length in the rod helps with casting and also allows for lighter tippets when necessary.
Largemouth Bass Fact 3: use a shallow water boat
If you are looking to fish in lakes you will also want to have either a pontoon boat such as the one pictured below or another type of bass boat that can be taken into fairly shallow water where the largemouth is typically found. Bass boats are perfect as they can get you quickly where you want to go and give you lots of space for fly casting.
If you do decide to fish from a pontoon we recommend always wearing a life vest and fishing with a friend just in case something goes wrong. We all know just how fast a storm can move in across a lake and the last thing you want to be is stranded.